Cold Steel : Britain's Richest Man and the Multi-Billion-Dollar Battle for a Global Empire

Tim Bouquet & Byron Ousey



COLD STEEL is the gripping story of the world's biggest and most hard-fought industry takeover of recent years, an epic corporate battle that would send shockwaves through the political corridors of Europe, excite the world's financial markets, enrich thirty hedge funds and transform the global steel industry.

In 2006, the two largest steel-producers went head to head in a bitter battle for total market domination. Lakshmi Mittal, a Calcutta-born industrialist who had raised himself up from humble beginnings to become the world's fourth-richest man, proposes a friendly merger with rival Arcelor, a pan-European company whose interested parties include the governments of Spain, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Arcelor's mercurial CEO, Frenchman Guy Dolle, firmly refuses, and the scene is set for a massive hostile takeover involving billions of dollars of finance, government and shareholder manoeuvring, and accusations of jingoism and double-dealing. Fast-paced and electrifying, COLD STEEL brings to life the cut and thrust of big business at war.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Inside Look at Arms Trade: The book provides an in-depth and often chilling exploration of the international arms trade, shedding light on the secretive and lucrative world of weapons sales.

  2. Personalities and Players: It profiles key individuals involved in the arms industry, including arms dealers, brokers, and government officials, showcasing their motivations, tactics, and the complex network that facilitates these deals.

  3. Geopolitical Impact: "Cold Steel" discusses the broader geopolitical implications of the arms trade, examining how weapon sales can influence international relations, conflicts, and regional stability.

  4. Controversies and Ethical Issues: The book confronts the ethical dilemmas associated with the arms trade, addressing issues such as the morality of selling weapons to conflict zones and the impact on civilian populations.

  5. Global Scale: Bouquet and Ousey offer a global perspective, exploring arms deals and their impact across various regions, highlighting the interconnectedness of the arms trade on a worldwide scale.

  6. Government Involvement: It examines the role of governments and their policies in regulating or sometimes facilitating the arms trade, discussing the political dynamics and interests at play.

  7. Undercover Operations: The book reveals instances of undercover operations and exposes the covert tactics used by investigative journalists or law enforcement agencies to uncover illegal arms dealings.

  8. Economic Implications: "Cold Steel" touches on the economic dimensions of the arms trade, discussing the significant financial stakes involved for both sellers and buyers, and the economic impact on nations involved in this trade.

  9. Humanitarian Concerns: It addresses the humanitarian consequences of arms sales, raising awareness about the devastating impact of weapons proliferation on civilian populations during conflicts.

  10. Calls for Regulation: The book concludes with discussions on the need for tighter regulations, transparency, and accountability in the arms trade industry to mitigate its negative effects on global stability and human lives.

Language English
ISBN-10 1554700817
ISBN-13 9781554700813
No of pages 329
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Book Publisher Little Brown & Co
Published Date 17 Apr 2008

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